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Namdapha National Park - Explore Wildlife in the North East

Namdapha National Park is one of the major tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. Throughout the Eastern Himalaya which is also declared as a biodiversity hotspot, Namdapha is the largest protected area. Even area wise, it is one of the largest national parks of the nation. Situated in Changlang district, Namdapha is renowned for wildlife sanctuary. It has been declared as National Park.

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Dense evergreen rainforests rule the National Park. Dapha bum Range which is a part of the Mishmi Hills and the Patkai range surround the Namdapha. It is distanced from Miao by few kilometres. Namdapha National Park is the 15th Tiger Reserve of India which covers an area of 1985sq.km. Noa-Dihing River, that flows through the forest harbours aquatic species. River Namdapha also flows across the park after which Namdapha National Park is named.

Namdapha National Park is the best hunt for wildlife enthusiasts. Not only is it challenging but also exciting as innumerable species of flora and fauna are awaiting to be discovered. Majestic Gaur, commonly known as Mithun, Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Himalayan black Bear, Takin, wild Goat typically of Patkoi range, Musk Deer, slow Loris, Binturong and the Red Panda are some of the animals found in this region. Variety of butterflies enhance the beauty of the forest.

Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard are the four felines found only in Namdapha, at higher altitudes. Snow Leopard is one of the rare species nowadays. The white winged wood duck is another such a rare bird sheltered in this Park. Assamese Macaque, pig-tailed Macaque, hoolock Gibbon, Hornbills and jungle Fowl are other species found throughout the park. Adventurers here needs to be aware of snakes who also inhabit the forest.

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Variegated plants are also found here. 150 timber species and some scarce medicinal plants like Mishmi Teeta are some of them. Flora in Namdapha National Park changes with the altitude. Broad leaved trees to alpine forests along with a variety of bamboo are some of the types of vegetation. Earlier 425 species of aves were found fluttering at higher altitudes.

Some tribal groups dwell inside the Park, mostly in the eastern side where Indian territory shares its border with Myanmar. Chakma, Tangsa and Singpho tribes are found in the surrounding area of the Park.

How to reach Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park is mainly connected by roadways. For railways and airways tourists have to reach Assam and then travel to Miao.

Namdapha National Park weather

Namdapha National Park can be visited from October to April, which is the best season to explore the forest.

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